Hooda govt approaches CPCB over ‘polluting’ HP industrial units

Despite repeated reminders by Haryana,industrial units located in Himachal Pradesh’s Kala Amb continue to pollute river Ghaggar.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 17, 2014 2:05 pm

Despite repeated reminders by Haryana,industrial units located in Himachal Pradesh’s Kala Amb continue to pollute river Ghaggar. With no response from Himachal in this regard,the Hooda government has now sought intervention of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB),Environment Minister Captain Ajay Singh Yadav said this on Wednesday while replying to a question raised by INLD MLA Rajbir Singh Brara at the Assembly.

“It is a fact that untreated or partially treated effluent from industrial units located at Kala Amb in Himachal is being discharged into Markanda river,a tributary of river Ghaggar,which is causing pollution. The Bio Chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) value of Jattanwala Nallah out falling in Markanda river ranges from 42-520 milligram per litre and the BOD value in Markanda river ranges from 106-385 milligram per litre against the permissible limit of 3.0 milligram per litre,” Yadav said.

Haryana State Pollution Control Board had previously taken up the matter with the CPCB chairman on June 8,2010 and again on May 6,2011. Similarly,chairman of the Himachal Pradesh Pollution Control Board (HPPCB) was also requested vide letter dated May 6,2011 to control pollution of industries located in Kala Amb. Again,on February 22,Haryana has written to the chairmen of CPCB and HPPCB,said the minister.

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